On Israel Radio’s morning news programme today, there was a report on a discussion of the Government’s policy with regard to the Jews of the Diaspora. Among the facts to be presented today to the Government is the data collected by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in their survey of antisemitism in 9 European countries last year. According to this survey, no fewer than 1 in 4 Jews suffered some kind of antisemitic harassment last year. Furthermore, in the countries with the worst antisemitic manifestations, Belgium, France and Hungary, about half of the Jewish population is considering leaving the country. Whether or not their destination would be Israel, I don’t know.
Now, in the past, my response has always been: “We are waiting for you, Brothers and Sisters. Come Home.”
But is that the right answer? My brother, who lives in the UK, has a different perspective on this question. He asks: “Why the hell should I let these bastards drive me out?”
Why indeed? True, the Jews of Europe now have somewhere to run to, a refuge which did not exist in the 1930s. But why should we/they run? Jews have as much right to live in Europe as anyone else – more so than many (and no, I do not want to get into the question of mass immigration to Europe from Islamic lands at this time).
Maybe it’s time for a new Jewish Defence League. Maybe it’s time, not to run, but to turn and fight. Maybe sometimes, the answer to the hardcore antisemites, the kind you can’t reason with, or reach by improved education, is – a fist in the jaw.
What do you think?